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Draymond Green expects to be late 1st-round pick

Associated Press Modified: May 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm •  Published: May 7, 2012
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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo can sell any scout or general manager on Green if they call him.

"My biggest point is and will be, Draymond is one of the few guys that has gotten better every year — from his shooting to ball handling to his body — and he'll keep doing that because of his work ethic," Izzo said. "The guy is a winner in much the same way that Magic (Johnson) and Mateen (Cleaves) were here and no one is ever going to have a problem with him off the court."

Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars can vouch for Green as a person. Dumars has known Green since he was in the ninth grade, playing on an AAU team with his son, Jordan Dumars, and the two have remained friends.

"Draymond is absolutely a great kid, who represents everything you want on and off the court," Dumars said. "As a player, the individual workouts will be important for him, but he's proven himself over the last four years."

Green originally planned to put East Lansing in his rear-view mirror this week to prepare for the NBA draft in Chicago after graduating last week, but he decided to stay on campus for at least two workouts a day.

"There's no good reason to run somewhere else to train when I know (video coordinator) Jordan Ott and (former manager) Nate Babcock can help me get better," he said.

Green, who has accepted an invitation to the NBA's predraft camp in Chicago, said he has a workout scheduled May 22 with the Celtics. He also has drawn interest from Miami, Indiana, San Antonio, Golden State, Cleveland, Detroit, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Sacramento, Utah and New York.

If each of those teams — and more — want to bring Green in for a workout, none of them will get turned down.

"I'm not going to worry about getting tired because I've been grinding my whole life," he said. "Some teams are going to bring me in as a 3 and some as a 4 to see how I deal with quickness or length. I'm sure I'll be going against some 6-10 guys and some shorter and quick guys.

"If teams ask me if I think I'm a power or a small forward my answer is going to be, 'I'm a player.' I don't want to be classified, I just want a chance to play."

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